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Amazing Glass Yacht the 110m HALYCON by New York Designer

August 07, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

The American based GILL SCHMID DESIGN of New York has released details of their incredible new superyacht design which features extensive and innovative use of glass, a product perhaps not traditionally associated with boats, til now. Not to finish there, the yacht design called HALYCON 110 metre also features a floating waterfall.

Aft Deck - The Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

Aft Deck of the Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

PR: The 110m HALYCON super yacht project is the newest in a series of innovative designs by  GILL SCHMID DESIGN.

The project is the result of focused investigations and elaborate design studies, offering a new direction in yacht design, exploiting possibilities in the use of glass/glazing.

The yacht from above

The yacht from above

The superstructure comprises of floor to ceiling undulating glazing (a combination of white glass and reflective glass) with the aim to provide maximum privacy for the owner and guests.  The white one-way glass is transparent from the inside and opaque looking from outside. The  white glass panels on the observatory deck above the wheelhouse and on bridge deck above  the VIP suits blend in seamlessly with the white superstructure, giving an overall monochromatic effect. The idea is to blend superstructure and glazing into one entity.

Side Profile - The Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

Profile – The Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

Some of the key features of this vessel are the two glass bottomed swimming pools, one on  the main deck and one staggered in section on the upper deck. They are connected with a  waterfall flowing between the two levels, which is framed by a generous rectangular opening in the deck. This creates the effect of terraced aft deck spaces or a somewhat landscaped  tiered arrangement, offering physical and visual sectional connections.

Bow

Bow – The Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

This space is further enhanced or framed by the louvered ‘gill’ glass doors on the main deck,  creating a deep inside/ outside space around the main pool area.

Pool area and aft deck - The Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

Pool area and aft deck – The Gill Schmid 110m HALYCON super yacht design project

Further features of this unique vessel, besides the expansive and unique outdoor deck spaces, are the large owner suite with his and hers saunas, six guest and two VIP suites, two  hull infinity jacuzzis, a casino, front facing formal dining with panoramic views, a sky lounge  and cocktail bar with panoramic lounge spaces and retractable front facing glass facade  on the observatory deck, the expansive beach club with open-able hull doors offering visual  and physical access to the sea, a gymnasium, sauna, plunge pool and massage areas, full  helicopter landing on the observatory deck, plus an additional retractable touch and go helicopter landing on the main deck aft between the two jacuzzis, a fully equipped tender garage  (with enough space for two 10 meter tenders, icon aircraft, submarine storage, plus multiple  toys) and very generous crew quarters (37 crew) with large crew spaces.

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About GILL SCHMID DESIGN

GILL SCHMID DESIGN (formerly Impossible Productions Ink LLC, established in 2009) is a  New York based design company, led by Alistair Gill (UK) and Veronika Schmid (AUT), specializing in Yacht Design, Architecture and Art Services. The studios design philosophy is to  develop contemporary intelligent cutting edge designs. Alistair Gill, born and raised in the UK. He is a trained architect and has worked in world renowned yacht design and architecture offices (including Martin Francis Design) for 15+ years  before relocating and establishing GILL SCHMID DESIGNin New York. He has served as a  professor at some of the most prestigious architecture schools, including the Architectural Association in London and Columbia University (NYC).

alistair gill

alistair gill

Veronika Schmid, born and raised in Austria, Germany and the US. She is a trained architect  and has worked in world renowned yacht design and architecture offices (including Martin Francis Design) for 15+ years before relocating and establishing GILL SCHMID DESIGN  in New York. She has served as a professor at some of the most prestigious architecture  schools, such as the Architectural Association in London, Harvard University and RISD. She has been collaborating with world renowned artists on the design, manufacturing and project  management for sculptural work since 2001.

veronika schmid

veronika schmid

Some other interesting projects by the American based luxury yacht designer:

A 100 meter yacht design

A 100 meter yacht design

120 m yacht design

120 m yacht design

90 m superyacht design

90 m superyacht design

P/R: Christensen Shipyards launches 50m superyacht Silver Lining

June 23, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

On the morning of the summer solstice, Christensen Shipyards launched 50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING into the waters of Vancouver. SILVER LINING is the first of two yachts from the shipyard that will be available for viewing at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Her sister, CHASSEUR, will be completed later this week. The following is a press release from Christensen Shipyards.

Press Release

Christensen Shipyards’ SILVER LINING launches on the Summer Solstice

22 June 2016, Vancouver, WA: Right at dawn on the Summer Solstice (20 June 2016), Christensen Shipyards launched 50M Silver Lining,the first of two yachts that will be on display at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING. Photo © Stephen Cridland

50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING. Photo © Stephen Cridland

The launch was accomplished using a unique cradle-and-launcher system designed to give the shipyard a safer and more flexible way of getting its yachts into the Columbia River. Christensen manufactured a 140,000-pound steel cradle to which two large FRP flotation boxes are attached. The boxes provide additional lift in low-water conditions and keep the yacht perfectly stable throughout the launch process.

Once the yacht and cradle are floating, the air in the launchers are replaced by water, as in a drydock, and the yacht is able to safely float free on her own. “We named it the Luken Launcher,” says Jim Gilbert, president, after the company’s chairman Henry Luken who conceived of the system.

50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING with launch crew.

50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING with launch crew.

Christensen’s Silver Lining is a 50M high-volume ABS yacht completed for a previous Christensen owner. Her sister, Chasseur, a 50M ABS and MCA-compliant yacht will be launched using the same system later this week, a testament to the resiliency of the 120-employee-strong shipyard and the efficiency of the new system. Like her sister ship, Chasseur will also be handed over in July, likewise to a repeat Christensen owner.

Two additional 50M yachts are under construction at the shipyard and available for delivery in 24 months or less.

8 Nights Yacht Charter for the Price of 7 in The Bahamas, Florida, and the Caribbean aboard 50m USHER (ex Mr Terrible)

February 22, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The popular 50-metre (154ft) luxury charter yacht USHER is currently offering 8 nights’ vacation in the Bahamas, Florida and the Caribbean for the price of 7. USHER was built by Delta Marine in 2007 and received a refit in 2014, offering accommodation to twelve guests in five staterooms.

Superyacht USHER

Superyacht USHER

One of the exciting features of USHER is the possibility of scuba diving, as well as her super-large 80-inch TV in the main saloon. She is one of only a handful of yachts available for rental in Florida waters and offers her guests a stylish 56′ chase boat as part of her charter package.

MR. TERRIBLE -  Sundeck Spa Pool

MR. TERRIBLE - Sundeck Spa Pool

USHER’s inviting interior of Polynesian decor evokes a sense of leisure, relaxations and adventure. Her interior layout is airy and open, with splashes of colour adding to the overall warm feeling of the yacht. Bamboo, woven woods, leather hides and textured fabrics are some of the fine materials that were used to create her interior design. One of the important features of the interior is the elegant woodwork that spreads over the interior areas, from African walnut flooring to the bubinga ceiling beams.

MR. TERRIBLE -  Skylounge

MR. TERRIBLE - Skylounge

Accommodation is offered in one main master stateroom, representing an intimate oasis for the main guests, boasting bronze and black mosaic tiles, wood basin and an opulent copper soaking tub in its en suite bathroom.

MR. TERRIBLE -  Formal Dining

MR. TERRIBLE - Formal Dining

The additional four guest staterooms are situated n the lower deck and are accessible through the beautiful spiral staircase. Each cabin boasts the same design scheme that prevails throughout USHER’s interior, finished in four separate colour palettes. The staterooms boast pullman berths for children and the two VIP suites include a settee.

MR. TERRIBLE -  Master Cabin

MR. TERRIBLE - Master Cabin

MR. TERRIBLE -  Master Bathroom

MR. TERRIBLE - Master Bathroom

USHER offers fantastic outdoor and indoor entertaining areas spreading through all of her decks. There is an indoor dining possibility for formal meals, or outdoor al fresco options for more relaxed dining. She has a fabulous selection of water toys and equipment for additional fun on and in the water. She is available to cruise Florida, The Bahamas and the Caribbean for US$200,000.00 – US$225,000.00 per week. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more details, a brochure as well as her availability.

MR. TERRIBLE -  Skylounge Deck

MR. TERRIBLE - Skylounge Deck

Motor yacht USHER (ex MR. TERRIBLE)

Year:2007 (Refit 2014)  L.O.A.:46.94m (154' )  Beam:8.74m (28' 8") 
Max Speed:23 knots  Cruise Speed:20 knots  Engines:Engines: 2 MTU 16V4000 36 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:12 

Charter 50m Luxury Yacht SHE’S A 10 in Florida and The Bahamas

February 22, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Refitted in 2013, luxury motor yacht SHE’S A 10 (ex MYSTIQUE) is currently on the charter market, available for vacations in Florida and The Bahamas this summer. With accommodation to twelve guests in five well-appointed staterooms, she is a fantastic choice for families and friends wanting to escape the busy everyday life and indulge in the luxuries of a superyacht service and the beauty of The Bahamas.

MY SHE'S A 10

MY SHE’S A 10

SHE’S A 10 is characterised by timeless styling, luscious furnishing and comfortable seating throughout her living and socialising areas. The yacht was constructed by Oceanfast and boasts interior design by Steve Mallory and naval architecture by Jon Bannenberg.

MY SHE'S A 10 - Salon

MY SHE’S A 10 – Salon

MY SHES A 10 - Master cabin

MY SHES A 10 – Master cabin

MY SHES A 10 - Master cabin

MY SHES A 10 – Master cabin

The main saloon offers multiple lounge areas with comfortable couches and a games table. The aft section of the saloon boasts a 60″ TV, a full bar and a u-shaped seating arrangement on the port and starboard side. The foyer is equipped with two practical heads, whereas the formal dining room is located forward and next to the main saloon. This area is able to seat up to ten guests for a more formal dining experience.

MY SHE'S A 10 - Master cabin

MY SHE’S A 10 – Master cabin

MY SHES A 10 - Master another view

MY SHES A 10 – Master another view

Accommodation is distributed through five sumptuous cabins, with a large bridge deck master cabin with a king-sized bed, his and hers bathroom, his shower and hers spa pool tub, and a bidet. From the owner’s stateroom there is a direct access to the bridge aft deck for additional relaxation. The rest of the staterooms are located below deck amidships and incorporate two queen cabins and two king cabins with a spa pool tub and a shower.

MY SHES A 10 - Study

MY SHES A 10 – Study

In addition to the master cabins, the bridge deck also features a private study and a theatre, a large audio/visual room with another 60″ flatscreen TV. A U-shaped sofa arrangement for twelve guests offers great comfort, and guests can also utilise a desk and a computer found in here. There is also a day head and a shower forward.

MY SHES A 10 - Guest cabin

MY SHES A 10 – Guest cabin

MY SHES A 10 - Ensuite shower

MY SHES A 10 – Ensuite shower

The upper deck boasts a render storage together with a an al fresco dining table of ten guests. There is additional searing to the port and starboard as well as access to the sun deck from here.

SHE'S A 10 - TRANSOM

SHE’S A 10 – TRANSOM

The sun deck is equipped with the very popular jacuzzi spa pool, four lounge chairs and yet another u-shaped sofa forward with an enclosed eisenglass. In addition, there are four occasional chairs, optional sun shades, a refrigerator and ice maker together with a day head with a shower.

SHE'S A 10 - WATER FUN

SHE’S A 10 – WATER FUN

SHE’S A 10 is available for US$150,000.00 per week plus expenses to cruise Florida and The Bahamas. For additional information, a brochure and her full availability contact our experiences broker team.

Motor Yacht SHE'S A 10 (ex MYSTIQUE)

Year:1988 (Refit 2013)  L.O.A.:50.29m (165' )  Beam:9.30m (30' 6") 
Max Speed:31 knots  Cruise Speed:27 knots  Engines:3x MTU/ 3480hp  
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:10 

Photos from Yachts Miami Beach 2016

February 18, 2016

Written by zuzana

Show Management, organizers of the Yachts Miami Beach, have shared the photos from this year’s 28th edition of the prestigious event. This annually welcomes thousands of people from all over the world and hosts an amazing display of boats, luxury yachts and marine products, including more than 500 new and brokerage vessels and a wide array of the latest marine technology and accessories, valued at more than $1 billion.

Yachts Miami Beach 2016

Yachts Miami Beach 2016

Silver Fast on display in Miami

Silver Fast on display in Miami

92ft Lazzara Flybridge ALGORYTHM on display at Yachts Miami Beach 2016

92ft Lazzara Flybridge ALGORYTHM on display at Yachts Miami Beach 2016

Arcadia 85 US Version in Miami

Arcadia 85 US Version in Miami

Mr D by Benetti at Yachts Miami Beach 2016

Mr D by Benetti at Yachts Miami Beach 2016

Azimut Yachts at Yachts Miami Beach 2016

Azimut Yachts at Yachts Miami Beach 2016

Hatteras at Yachts Miami Beach 2016

Hatteras at Yachts Miami Beach 2016

28th Yachts Miami Beach

28th Yachts Miami Beach

Online registration for 2016 Newport Charter Yacht Show now open

February 17, 2016

Written by zuzana

Online registration for the 2016 Newport Charter Yacht Show is now open. Set to run from June 21 to 24, this year’s event which will be held at its new location at Newport Shipyard in downtown Newport, Rhode Island. The only event of its kind in the USA, the Newport Charter Show annually hosts an amazing collection of world-class yachts for charter, as well as registered and credentialed industry professionals who represent clients interested in renting a luxury vessel in New England.

Newport Charter Yacht Show - Photo by Billy Black

Newport Charter Yacht Show – Photo by Billy Black

Participating vessels, varying in size from 80 feet up to 225+ feet, will be available for tours dockside at Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street. The event will feature a variety of shore side exhibits and activities, including festive social gatherings and a themed “yacht hop”, where captains and crew on participating vessels serve guests signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Newport Charter Show - Photo credit to Billy Black

Newport Charter Show – Photo credit to Billy Black

Chefs and interior crew aboard participating yachts will add zest to this year’s show, when they contend head-to-head in three culinary competitions and a tablescaping challenge, organized by Winnie DeCoster of Captains’ Concierge. Moreover, the American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA) will host its Annual “Signature” Educational and Informative Seminar.

RIVA 88’ Florida – A Superyacht with two souls

February 16, 2016

Written by zuzana

Riva Yacht has unveiled a short video below, showing the Riva 88’ Florida, a striking vessel with two souls: an open yacht and a coupé. She was displayed at the Yachts Miami Beach 2016, which closed its doors yesterday, on February 15.

Riva 88’ Florida represents the first convertible luxury motor boat, boasting a highly innovative ‘Convertible Top’ technology, derived from the automotive sector. The vessel’s slender lines are enhanced by the new ‘Moon Grey’ shade, a light metallic grey, which is in pleasant contrast with the ‘Bright Black’ shade details.

The hull profile features the innovative-design continuous glazing with a stainless steel plate that bears the Riva logo in its central part. The large windshield and the steel roll bar complete this new yacht’s design.

More charter yachts by Riva.

Palm Beach International Boat Show 2016 to host more Superyachts

February 15, 2016

Written by zuzana

This year’s 31st Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show is set to take place from March 17 to 20 along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach. The international event will host more than $1 billion worth of yachts, boats and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers, including hundreds of boats ranging from superyachts nearing 300 feet to small inflatables and other tenders, center consoles and sportfishers.

Palm Beach International Boat Show

Palm Beach International Boat Show

As part of its steady growth, the show has once again expanded to include a new pier at the northern end of the show, within Palm Harbor Marina. The new in-water space will add additional 30 slips hosting yachts up to 280 feet. Moreover, show organizers have added new valet parking service to the show’s northern entrance, providing guests with easy access to some of the largest vessels on show.

“This show has become known as the place where a yacht owner or buyer can quickly fly into town, come to the show, and compare an amazing selection of superyachts side by side. There are very few places in the world where this is possible,” commented Andrew Doole, executive vice president and COO of Show Management, the company that manages and produces the show. “The show’s ease of access and walkability, along with some great local attractions, make this a highly desirable yacht shopping destination.”

Yachts Miami Beach 2016 from above

February 15, 2016

Written by zuzana

Take a look at the currently running Yachts Miami Beach 2016 from above in the video below, released by Show Management. Previously known as the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, the event has transformed Collins Avenue into a multi-million dollar presentation of luxury vessels, including the world’s finest yachts and superyachts from the world’s renowned custom boat manufacturers.

The 28th Annual Yachts Miami Beach event covers more than 1,2 million square feet of space over a mile-long strip of Indian Creek Waterway, hosting hundreds of new and pre-owned vessels valued at more than a billion dollars.

Take a Look at New RIVA 76’ Perseo Yacht

February 15, 2016

Written by zuzana

Riva Yacht has released a short video below, showing the new 76’ Perseo yacht, currently being showcased by the Ferretti Group at the Yachts Miami Beach 2016, closing its doors today, on February 15. This exciting new vessel boasts a sporty yet elegant look, enhanced even more by large windows in both bulwarks of the hull.

The craft on display in Miami is in a new metallic shade named “London Grey”. This colour dominates the vessel, and is used in combination with the dark “Shark Grey”. Moreover, the new RIVA 76’ Perseo boasts a generous sun deck that is integrated gracefully into the boat’s aerodynamic lines.

More charter yachts by Riva.